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Mike Oxley, Retiree?

Rep. Mike Oxley (R-Ohio) is planning to retire from Congress and could make an announcement to that effect as early as this week, according to four sources with close ties to House Republicans who were told of the decision by a mix of aides on Capitol Hill and members of Congress. The sources requested anonymity because they do not work for Oxley and don't want to jeopardize their relations with the congressional leadership by leaking the news.

A spokesman for Oxley did not return three calls and two e-mails seeking comment.

An Oxley retirement would make sense given that his chairmanship of the House Financial Services Committee is up at the start of 2007. And, at age 61, Oxley is still young enough to start a second -- more lucrative -- career.

Should Oxley retire in 2006, his west-central 4th District would be in little danger of switching party control.  President Bush won the district with 65 percent of the vote in 2004. Oxley has held the district since June 1981 when he won a special election.  In 2004, he was reelected with 59 percent of the vote.

So which candidates are likely to seek this seat if it's open next year? Let me know.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 31, 2005; 6:32 PM ET
Categories:  House  
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